bookbinding

The Magic of Marbelling

Painting on water is magical! Floating colors of pigmented inks on water creates a vast possibility of patterns. Traditional methods go back hundreds of years. Marblers made gorgeous decorative end papers for books and art pieces incorporating calligraphy which stand on their own throughout Asia, Turkey and the Western world.

Above are a few of our hand marbled papers from Italy. These use a freeform pattern creating a loose aqueous feel in soft hues and golds. Below is a video, not to be missed! The artist Seyit Uygur creates marbled images that are highly unique and works of art on their own. 

Manipulating color on the surface of the water, using methods as blowing through a straw, pushing and pulling with pins, bamboo, even hair or simply fanning the water aids in making a unique statement. Below are our marbled momogami papers from Thailand. These papers are soft and incredibly strong. More recently we have seen them used as wall papers and collage.

Joyful floating colors of freeform aqueous surfaces create these contemporary marbled papers.

When we think of marbled papers we usually think of the traditional European patterns of combed marbled patterns using historic pigmented colors. Our slide show below is of a selected few of our newest marbled papers from the East. Breaking away from tradition, employing festive colors with a more organic fluid marbling technique creates a contemporary style. Interior designers take note: yes, you can use these for wallpapering, covering cupboard doors, lining drawers, lamps and more...surprise yourself, click thru and enjoy.

Tie it Up! With hemp cord...naturally.

Naturally biodegradable and strong. Use hemp to tie up plants and raspberry canes from flopping over. Crochet or knit with this polished twine in snappy colours and various weights. Earth Day is April 22, go natural.

We carry the variegated and bakers twine as well as every shade of hue both dyed or shall I say it, oh naturale. Sew-stitch-bind-decorate-accessorize...get funky, get earthy.

Making handmade books satisfies our creative urge to make something both tangible and useful.

The other day, while helping a customer choose handmade papers she turned to me and said, "I had no idea you sold bookbinding supplies." That very same afternoon a young man hovering over our binding needles and glues pulled out his phone to make a call. No, I was not eavesdropping but could easily hear him telling someone that we had binding supplies! Okay, I thought, I get the message..."hey folks, I am here to tell you, we sell bookbinding supplies!"
and a variety of the best bookbinding instruction books
threads, linen tapes, ribbon, twine, and binding cloth.
There's somthing about making something by hand that releases stress. Maybe turning off our "i" toys for a few hours might be kind of rewarding.